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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

If you paid top dollar for a top phone, Asian vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show have a message: You paid for a brand, not quality. And this year, they want to sell to you.

Euro Falls To 9-Year Low Against U.S. Dollar

Europe may have a deflation problem. Eurozone consumer prices fell on an annual basis in December for the first time since the depths of the financial crisis five years ago. The decline was driven by a sharp drop in energy prices. The news is expected to increase pressure on the European Central Bank to come up with a more aggressive response to slow growth and high unemployment.

Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

President Obama is touting growth in manufacturing jobs, but if they're low-wage jobs is that a good thing?

For 'Charlie Hebdo,' A History Defined By Humor, Controversy — And Cartoons

Renee Montagne talks to NPR's David Folkenflik about the provocative editorial stance adopted by the French satirical magazine, which was attacked by gunmen this morning in Paris.

'Charlie Hebdo,' A Magazine Of Satire, Mocks Politics, Religion

The publication that was the target of a deadly attack is part of a long tradition of French satire dating to the days before the French Revolution.

Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.

Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Anger Over Austerity Measures

We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety centers on Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.

ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

Once completed, the line could travel faster than 200 mph and get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But the project has only a fifth of the funding it needs.
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D.C. Legislator Wants Council Out Of Contract Approval Business

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is introducing a bill to remove the D.C. Council from the procurement process.